I am a huge fan of Joseph Campbell. I regularly seek inspiration in his work so he was the first source I looked to recently when seeking ideas for a motivational speech.
As I was searching, I stumbled across a beautiful passage from one of his many interviews which, to my surprise seems to explain why I so enjoy my bullet journal.
Campbell talks a lot about following your bliss
If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
In order to discern and follow our bliss, he argues that we need what he calls a “sacred space” – a space for uninterrupted reflection and unrushed creative work – he also refers to this “space” as a “bliss station”. He saw this as the antidote to “busyness” and overwhelm. Given that he was writing more than 30 years ago, in the days before the internet and smartphones, the need must be even greater now!
Our life has become so economic and practical in its orientation that, as you get older, the claims of the moment upon you are so great, you hardly know where the hell you are, or what it is you intended. You are always doing something that is required of you. Where is your bliss station? You have to try to find it.
Now, I had always thought of this as a physical space, but then it occurred to me that my bullet journal is in fact this space – it is somewhere I go every day where I can lose myself, be creative, dream, set goals and plan, away from the distractions of every day life.
[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.
Happy bullet journaling!